Canalside bar in Manchester launches massive burger-eating challenge

Who’s ready to take on Big Bird’s Big Sister?

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 23rd May 2024

A canalside bar in Manchester city centre is going BIG for National Burger Day, launching an eating challenge that’s not for the faint of heart. 

The award-winning Roby 1844 is challenging Mancs to tuck into Big Bird’s Big Sister, a tower of meat and fillings that also includes waffles. 

If you can polish it off in 20 minutes or less, you’ll get the full thing for free and a t-shirt to celebrate your achievement.

Roby 1844 is situated right on the canal on Aytoun Street, with a two-storey waterside terrace and outdoor bar area. 

Its day-to-day menu, which has just had a revamp, features small plates, burgers, salads and pizzas, plus cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks. 


But to mark National Burger Day, there’s a new beast in town. 

The Roby 1855 Eating Challenge is set to take place on Monday 27 May (a day ahead of National Burger Day) with Big Bird’s Big Sister served up.


On your plate will be two coated chicken breasts, two waffles with maple syrup, one beef patty with cheese, a brioche bun, salad, and bacon, three onion rings and two portions of Roby rub fries, washed down with a pint of coke or lemonade. 

If you can’t get it finished within 20 minutes, the cost of the meal is £30. 

Steve Julian, general manager at The Holiday Inn, said: “We wanted to do something fun this Bank Holiday and everyone loves a bit of competition so we’re excited to see who takes on this challenge and wins! 


“Big Bird’s Big Sister is not for the faint hearted but if you have a big appetite, you might just be able to do it. 

“As an outdoor dining venue, burgers are a popular dish on our menu but let’s see who can actually finish this one!”

To find out more about Roby 1844 or to sign-up for the eating challenge, click here.

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